It was the Halal turkey that caught readers’ attention. How did it taste? How did we cook it (!) Was there anything that made it memorable?
Oh yes it was a bird that will be remembered not only for the manner of its preparation and cooking but for the additional ingredient of twice cooking (in two ovens) with a resting period in a BMW.
Midst Christmas morning preparations my daughter, Frances, let out a cry of anguish from the kitchen (currently having a make-over) The oven had failed and the heat was definitely not reaching the level that turkeys expect.
A quick phone call to her brother who had a fully functioning oven (on the other side of Cambridge) and we were in business. The turkey, wrapped in its foil coat was ceremoniously carried to the waiting BMW – a car which has seen some interesting activities in its 15 years but has never played limousine to a halal turkey. In the spirit of the day I happily chauffeured a turkey across a deserted Cambridge landscape on Christmas morning.
Four hours later the turkey made the return journey. Roasted to perfection – crispy on the outside and deliciously tender and moist inside. The turkey that finally graced our Cambridge family Christmas table was without doubt a well travelled, well cared for and beautifully cooked centrepiece.
One of the best Christmas turkeys for a long time. Eat your heart out Nigella and Jamie.